November 2018 Newsletter

This is the same content that was sent out in the November 2018 newsletter. Click the subheadings to expand the content. 

Give to the Max Day Coming Up

Giving for the tenth annual Give to the Max Day opens Thursday, November 1 and will remain open until Thursday, November 15. Give to the Max Day, organized by GiveMN, is an opportunity for Minnesota charities and schools to enhance their fundraising capacity. It is possible to give early and often, and we encourage you to do so, please!

Give to the Max Day is also a big day for matching grants. MicroGrants has received $50,000 in pledged matching funds. We are so grateful for their generosity and hope that you’ll donate and help us unlock those matching funds!

Last year, MicroGrants raised $50,000 on Give to the Max Day. This year, we are hoping to raise over $50,000. This money helps low-income people of potential achieve self-sufficiency through work. We are able to do our work because of the generosity of donors like you. Please join us on Give to the Max Day at

One of the reasons we encourage you to give early and often is because GiveMN offers additional incentives called Golden Tickets. Every day from November 1 to November 14, and every hour on November 15, GiveMN draws one donation and adds $1,000 to it. Additionally, every 10 minutes on November 15, GiveMN will give out a Mini Golden Ticket worth $500. Help us win!

More important than any of the incentives, however, is the support that come from you. Your generosity makes it possible for us to help our grantees reach financial independence. Please donate in November to help us meet our fundraising goal and continue our life-changing work!

Outstanding Grantee Celebration a Success

Our keynote speaker for the evening was grantee Adrian Coulter, owner of XL Feet, pictured with Don Samuels (photo by Tricia Haynes). Adrian spoke of the importance both of MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association), the partner agency that introduced him to MicroGrants, and of the grant he received. He said, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” and he explained the importance of the business coaching that MEDA provided. Talking about his grant, he said, “A thousand dollars is a million dollars when you need it.” On the topic of a million dollars, XL Feet passed the million-dollar mark in gross sales last year for the first time! We are so proud of Adrian’s accomplishments and so glad that he has decided to donate to MicroGrants!

Sondra Samuels, wife of MicroGrants’ CEO Don Samuels, emceed the 2018 Annual Outstanding Grantee Celebration, held on October 1 at the University of St. Thomas Law School. She highlighted the vital roles of our grantees; our partner agencies; our donors; and our founder, Joe Selvaggio. She also quoted both the hit musical Hamilton and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in what makes MicroGrants unique—its strong partnerships and its providing a way for community players to support one another and receive each other’s help. Thank you, Sondra! (Photo by Tricia Haynes.)

Lights On! Updates

Board member Sherman Patterson, pictured here (photo by Tricia Haynes), has volunteered to lead the Lights On! program. Sherman brings his experience having worked with the Minneapolis Police Department and organized a national gun summit for police chiefs.

Lights On! now reaches 23 police departments in the Twin Cities metro area. Iowa City, IA, and Wichita, KS, have already started their own car repair voucher programs based on Lights On! Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Kansas City, KS and MO; and Newark, NJ are all in discussion with MicroGrants about how to begin their own Lights On! programs as well, and we hope to expand even beyond those cities.

Recently, we have added three new police departments in the Twin Cities metro area, bringing the number of municipalities served from 20 to 23. The three new police departments are the University of Minnesota Police, the Corcoran Police, and the Woodbury Police.